Why I prefer cloth diapers over disposable diapers

Cloth diapering has been modernized to be much easier than it used to be. There is much benefit to turning to cloth versus disposable diapers. Aside from the obvious fact that it’s more eco-friendly as opposed to their disposable counterparts, cloth diapers give you the added benefit of not having to worry about running to the store at the last minute when you suddenly realize you are out of diapers. Oh yea, plus the fact that you will be saving over a thousand dollars in the course of your baby’s diaper-wearing stage. Don’t believe me?

This chart demonstrates a cost comparison of cloth vs. disposable diapers. The values are just an estimate as the prices will vary based on different brands.  And this is for one child, so if you plan on having more children in the future, your savings multiplies because most cloth diapers are very durable and last for years.

0-3 months 3-12 months 12-30 months Total Cost
Disposable Diapers Apprx: 900 diapers sz 1$153.00 Apprx: 2160 diapers sz 3$453.00 Apprx: 3780 diapers sz 5$945.00 $1551.00
Prefold Cloth Diapers (PCD)/ diaper covers 0-6 mos: 36 PCD, 6 sz small covers = $117.006-30 mos: 24 PCD, 4 med/4 lg covers = $132 $249.00
One Size All-in-one cloth diapers 36 cloth diapers from birth to potty training $600.00

Your estimated savings from birth to potty trained is $951 – $1,302. Then this isn’t factoring the cost of wipes. If you are using cloth wipes in addition to cloth diapering you will only spend approximately $25 – $30 for 25 wipes. Figure how many disposable wipes you would go through and the cost in addition to disposable diapers and you’re looking at a savings of about $1,100 – $1,450.

What You Will Need for Cloth Diapering

These are just a few additional things you may need for cloth diapering:

  • Diaper Pail (this can be any regular pail with a lid and a wet liner)
  • Diaper pins or Snappi fasteners for prefold cloth diapers
  • Cloth-diaper laundry detergeny
  • Additional inserts

You don’t need a fancy expensive diaper pail like you would use with disposable diapers. I used a small kitchen trash can with a lid for containing the smell. A diaper sprayer is an optional item some CDing mommas like to use for rinsing dirty diapers between washings. This is a sprayer with a hose that connects to your toilet for rinsing off poopy diapers directly into the toilet which you then flush. You may wish to purchase additional inserts for pocket and all-in-one cloth diapers to use for extra absorbency to prevent leaks especially if your baby is a heavy-wetter. Hemp inserts are the most absorbent (and a little more pricey)

You will also need to purchase cloth-diaper specific diaper rash cream for the occasional rash. Regular creams can adhere to the fibers in cloth diapers making them resist moisture and cause leaking. You can buy specifically-made cloth diaper cream or simply use plain old petroleum jelly.

Laundering Cloth Diapers

Extra care is needed with cloth diapers in terms of laundering. You can’t just throw them in with the regular wash. Most cloth diapers come with specific instructions for washing and drying. Most commercial laundry detergents contain certain products such as enzymes, brighteners, fragrance, or bleach which can negatively impact the absorbency and effectiveness of the diapers as well as irritate baby’s skin. You will need a laundry detergent specifically for cloth diapers. You can get these from most cloth diaper retailers and some stores may carry them as well.

For stained diapers, you may want to hang them on a line outside to dry. The sun acts as a natural bleach! Also, line drying may
prolong the life of your cloth diapers. Over time, heat from the dryer can damage the waterproof PUL or elastic in diaper covers. You can also use an indoor hanging system if you don’t have the place for a clothesline or the weather isn’t nice.

 

 

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